A rapper so big appearing on a track with Fat Joe was another sign that hip-hop was rapidly changing throughout the 00s. While not an example of his best lyrics, the song has become a staple of every celebration in black America and an early signifier that Wayne would be a star.
15: ‘Tie My Hands’ (featuring Robin Thick) Wayne rapped a lot about the impact of Hurricane Katrina and the Bush Administration. Sometimes he did it brazenly, but “Tie My Hands” is the opposite, thanks in part to a feature from Robin Thick.
His voice is restrained but hopeful, and a great counterpart to Wayne’s (at times frantic) grief. He was at his most convincing in this mode on They Carter II, on which his fame and power were in perfect balance.
‘Grown Man’ is classic not just for the beat, but for the king of chilling, Currency, getting a feature. 13: ‘This Is The Carter’ Because the collaborations between Wayne and Annie Fresh were ultimately fewer than a lot of people hoped for, the highlights have come to age like fine wine.
In some ways, he did, though the song would more or less mark the end of his professional involvement with Many Fresh for years to come. But the fact that it works and is inherently charming is a testament to the charisma that found Wayne living up to the best rapper alive” boast when They Carter III was released.
For others, it was a moment of Wayne’s noticeable transformation into a more diverse, freely associative rapper. 9: ‘We Takin’ Over’ (DJ Khaled, featuring Akin, TI, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Bird man and Fat Joe) Another DJ Khaled song ranks higher than this one, but the original “We Takin’ Over,” and Wayne’s subsequent freestyle over the instrumental, was indisputable proof that, when he said he was the best, he was right.
8: ‘Right Above It’ (featuring Drake) “Right Above It” came at a specific moment in time in Wayne’s career: his unopposed run as the king of random was drawing to a close, and he was about to start his infamous imprisonment at River’s Island. Kanye was poised to release My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and Drake was getting bigger by the day.
“Stunting’ Like My Father” is so big, its reputation will probably outlive the feud that eventually undid their collaborative partnership. It opens up with the bombastic and melodramatic “3 Peat’,” as Wayne runs his victory lap throughout the rest of the album.
‘Mr Carter’ isn’t just two titans trading bars over a classically-chipmunked soul sample, however, it’s one greatest all-time baton passes and endorsements. It’s lyrically sparser than a lot of what Wayne was known for at the time, but the trade-off was one of his most earworm-y hooks and biggest crossover singles ever.
‘Fireman’ and the majority of the singles off They Carter were smash hits, but for a few months you couldn’t go anywhere in America without hearing “Lollipop.” 2: ‘Hustler Music’ For those among Wayne’s fans who consider Carter II to be his crowning achievement, “Hustler Music” is perhaps most representative of a “they don’t make ‘em like this anymore” beat that showcases the confidence of Wayne’s flow.
1: ‘A Mill’ With “Lollipop,” Wayne crafted one of the biggest crossover singles ever, establishing the complete hip-hop domination he’d been talking about for years. The beat is an instant classic that’s a perfect slam dunk for Wayne’s unmatched charisma.
They Carter was basically LilWayne's introduction to mainstream media. Although Lil Wayne had 3 albums prior to this record (They Block Is Hot, Lights Out, 500 Degree), They Carter is what transcended his career, due to a newfound transparency and maturity in his delivery.
This is the Lil Wayne flow we all fell in love with, and hope to one day hear again. This Carter IV song features Drake and has sold over 3,000,000 records worldwide.
The beat progressively builds up until it reaches the hook where after, it only gets more and more complex filled with Lil Wayne verses that’ll blow your mind. The song was produced by Deeply and Kanye West which is why you hear that familiar sound filled with sped up samples and classic drums and kicks.
I'MMA get in a nigga chest like a bunch of filmlike a fucking Ramon the hunt for the Lamb'm a dump 'em main a dumpster canyon ain't a soldier, ask Uncle Share nappy like Pam Even being locked away in prison didn't stop Wayne, not to mention the over the phone freestyle from Refers Island on the song Light Up by Drake.
From the 2006 Bird man and Lil Wayne album Like Father Like Son comes the first single Stunting Like My Father. If you ever want to hear a song that perfectly reflects Cash Money this is your best bet.
The only single from the 2002 album 500 degree, Way of Life gives us a young Lil Wayne who is looking to fill the shoes with his fellow label mate Juvenile. Assisted by Big Timers (Annie Fresh & Baby) and RNB singer TQ, Cash Money shows us what stunting is really about.
Even though the 500 degree wasn't a commercial success compared to Juvenile’s classic album, Way of Life takes you back to an era where baggy jerseys and diamond grille were a thing. Here we have a young Wayne reminiscing on a time when things were much simpler, speaking on the separation of his former group members B.G., Turk, and Juvenile.
Even though they’ve all gone their separate way, Wayne pays homage to the guys he started at the bottom with. Here we have the song Best Rapper Alive from one of the best albums of all time They Carter II.
The heart of New OrleansThumping and beatingLiving and breathingStealing and feedingPeeling and leavingKilling and grievingDearly departedErased, deleted No prints, no plates No face, no takeout of sight, out of mind No court, no cases his chainCelebrateBlock party Another Classic track from the collaborative album Like Father Like Son by Lil Wayne and Baby.
All rappers were doing the same flows, same videos, and portraying the same lifestyles (reminds you of the current state of hip-hop). This was Wayne creating a statement and letting bum rappers that if you want to compete in the game you have to come with it every single time; which he does.
But I'm a doctor, they don't understand my writings I stopped writing I'm like lightninged you ain't Vince Young so don't clash with the Titans and excitingly passion is frightening let me put some more vocab in your I.V. We hardly ever hear LilWayne’s more intimate side, but when this song came out it home to a lot of people.
Sorry for the trouble that I put you and your heart through God knows that I'd do anything for a part two, or tone praying' for the day you come back to me, saying' that you forgive give me another chance, I'm needing' it is like a kidney With over 1,800 lives lost and over 80% of New Orleans was flooded with over 10ft of water, times like these is where this song was more than needed.
Another one from the classic The Drought 3 mixtape, Wayne gives us some of his best work up to date. Even when you simply read the title of this song, the catchy tune instantaneously starts playing in your head.
Yeah, doing' a buck in the latest drop got stopped by a lady copse got me thinking I can date a cop The song features Eminem and just really puts two of the greatest artist of all time together to create this massive hit.
Lil Wayne rarely gives us a very introspective rap, but here it seems the bar was set when Eminem came into the picture and Wayne delivers a massive verse. Rebirth was LilWayne’s attempt at a hip-hop/rock infused album, which didn't gain traction but Drop The World definitely deserves a listen because of the strong verses by Wayne and Eminem.
I got ice in my veins, blood in my aerate in my heart, love in my mind seen nights full of pain, days are the samey keep the sunshine, save me the rain The first song off of They Carter III perfectly sets the tone for the 3x platinum album.
A very young Lil Wayne finds a way to pave his career by giving us perspective of what goes on in his life. From growing up in Holly groove, to dealing dope, to being signed to one of the hottest labels of that time, Wayne gives us a piece of his world.
We don't know what be going because we so blunted from Streisand we'll be round ya all day til we “400 Degree” Wayne has glorified the use of drugs throughout his career and this song makes it seem as if he’s battling his addictions and treading on a slippery slope.
No assistance, justest persistence, without commitment, IFI don't get it somebody on' die tonight know my vibe is highland I deserve the thousand if the kid ain't eighteen let me die on this song The first single from the classic They Carter II, Fireman easily propelled LilWayne’s career into stardom.
You catch my girl legs open, better smash that Don't be surprised if she asks where the cash at Go DJ welcomed the originating bounce sound of New Orleans into the mainstream world.
Now you know I play like a pro in the galena, better yet, a veteran in hall of fame got that medicine, I'm better than all the names, it's Cash Money Records, man, a lawless hangout some water on the track, Fresh, for all this flatware a helmet when you bang it, man, and guard your briefcase the flow is spastic, what they call insane Another produced track from Bangladesh, only on this song he went over the top when it came to producing (sampled Don't Burn Down the Bridge” by Gladys Knight & the Pips, and samples the Vampire Mix version of A Tribe Called Quest’s “I left my wallet in El Segundo”).